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Several attendance records set this weekend

Aug 23, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

Comerica Park

Maury Brown, who keeps good track of this stuff, notes that while attendance remains flat overall compared to last year, this past weekend several marks were set.

  • The Saturday game between the Phillies and Nationals drew 44,685, which was the largest crowd at Nationals Park history;
  • The Cardinals Cubs game on Saturday drew 42,374 which was the largest crowd in Wrigley Field since 1978; and
  • The three-game series between the Indians and the Tigers drew 132,239, which was the biggest three-game series in Comerica Park history. No doubt boosted by that Willie Hernandez tribute before Saturday’s game, right?

It’ll be interesting to see what happens to attendance in September as everyone comes to grips with the fact that hardly any of the games are going to matter for playoff purposes.  But as this past weekend shows, people don’t really have any problem going to the ballpark on a nice day just for the hell of it.

  1. kopy - Aug 23, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    You raise a good point about the Willie Hernandez tribute, but I was under the assumption that Tigers fans were flocking to Comerica to see recently acquired clutch hitter and superstar Delmon Young.

  2. Ari Collins - Aug 23, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    It’s amazing how quickly the postseason spots have been gobbled up. Just two or three weeks ago there were four competitive divisions. Now there is one (the NL West). Unless you count BOS/NYY, but the loser will still make the postseason, so it’s only for seeding, homefield advantage, and bragging rights.

    • craggt - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:15 PM

      As a Tigers fan who still sometimes wakes up screaming because of 2009’s game 163 I will tell you that the AL Central is not yet decided and won’t be until the season is over.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:36 PM

      You will probably think I am crazy, Ari…but the Red Sox aren’t a lock anymore.

      They are 7 games up in the loss column on the Rays. These teams have 7 games against each other with 4 being played in Bos. The only difference in the rest of the schedule is that Boston has 3 at home vs Oakland and the Rays have 3 more at home vs Detroit. Boston also has an extra game against Baltimore while the Rays have an extra game against the Jays.

      Now is it likely? No. But 7 games up in the loss with 7 still against each other means the Red Sox are not a lock anymore. Not in my book. It’s too close to call if you want to be fair about it right now.

  3. yankeesfanlen - Aug 23, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Wasn’t the 165,ooo+ for the 4 game Twins-Yankees series a recod for Target field?

    • kopy - Aug 23, 2011 at 12:15 PM

      That’s what I heard too, but I heard it on YES so we probably have the same source.

  4. phillydano - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    nationals park aka citizens bank park south

  5. Joe - Aug 23, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Nice to see some interleague action in August, isn’t it?

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